Artefact (2018)
       
     
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Plantation Map (left) and Contour Map (right; 2018)
       
     
Firebreak Road I and II (2018)
       
     
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Artefact (2018)
       
     
Artefact (2018)

The Belanglo State Forest is maintained by cycles of destruction and renewal, as plantation crops are harvested and processed, the stubble burnt and the next crop planted in the remains of the old. This axe was found in the Belanglo forest and renewed in a similar way. The head was de-rusted, polished and sharpened to make it usable again. A mould was made of the handle, from which a new resin handle was cast. The original handle was burnt (remains pictured on left) and the charcoal from this handle incorporated in the resin. Artefact is a metaphor for the forest it was found in and the timber cutting industry that maintains it.

Documentation photograph by Enzo Amato

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Photograph of install by Enzo Amato

Plantation Map (left) and Contour Map (right; 2018)
       
     
Plantation Map (left) and Contour Map (right; 2018)

These 3D maps are defined by the boundary of the Belanglo State Forest plantations and depict two contrasting perspectives on the landscape. Plantation Map shows the network of pine crop plots that make up a forester’s view of the forest, while Contour Map reveals the underlying topography. Maps can be very powerful because of the spatial relationships they reveal, but often even more so because of the elements they leave out.

Documentation photograph by Enzo Amato

Firebreak Road I and II (2018)
       
     
Firebreak Road I and II (2018)

Traveling on the fire trails at night is a particular experience. Truck doors slamming disrupt the silence of the forest, and the endless rows of pines are disorienting in the dark. On the Firebreak Road, which separates plantation from native forest, we are caught between the brutal sterility of the pines and the hostility of the Eucalypts.

Documentation photograph by Enzo Amato

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